Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and while you may not have a SO in your life at the moment, you can always put on a Caps game and pretend you’re dating Braden Holtby. Or maybe you do that even if you are in a relationship… Either way, you are not alone in admiring some of today’s most talented – and attractive – professional athletes. Five fierce females in the world of local TV and radio gushed to On Tap about their favorite sports stars, and what makes each of them so crushworthy.
Ashley Iaconetti, Reporter/podcast host
Access Hollywood, Almost Famous and I Don’t Get It
Crushing on: 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
Best traits: Strong leader and hard-working
Why she’s crushing: He’s so commanding and encouraging with teammates. He can carry a team. Also, that face…
Perfect date with Jimmy: I’m pretty classic: good food, wine and conversation, ideally somewhere warm and by the water.
Best Valentine’s Day spot in the DMV: Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted to go ice skating at Reston Town Center with a crush and stroll around with hot chocolate.
Where she’d shop for him: Odds are I’d be hitting up some of the athletic wear stores at Tysons Mall.
Find Iaconetti dating and competing on The Bachelor Winter Games this February on ABC, reporting every Tuesday on Access Hollywood on NBC, hosting the Almost Famous and the I Don’t Get It podcasts, and writing for www.cosmopolitan.com. Learn more at www.byashleyi.com.
Julie Wright, Anchor
Good Morning Washington and NewsChannel8’s Let’s Talk Live
Crushing on: Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie
Why she’s crushing: I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing T.J. a couple of times, and he’s always so easy to talk to. To say that he’s friendly is an understatement. He’s a humble guy, and he really lights up when talking about his family.
On his “it” factor: The thing that makes T.J. so dreamy is that he’s tough on the ice but so smooth in person, [and I] love that about him. He handles his business on the ice but during interviews, he really is just a guy who’s psyched about playing hockey!
What she’s dying to ask him: If I could ask T.J. a personal question, I would ask, “Do you wish for your girls to play hockey?”
Watch Wright on ABC7/WJLA-TV’s Good Morning Washington and NewsChannel8’s Let’s Talk Live, and follow her on Twitter at @thejuliewright.
Crushing on: Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger
Best traits: My crush is totally on his personality. He’s fun to watch on the field. He always seems amped up, and the energy spreads to the fans and teammates. [It] doesn’t hurt that he makes some big plays.
What she’s dying to ask him: My first very important question would be: Team NSYNC or Team BSB? If I’m only getting one question, we’ve got to figure out the real deal breaker issues.
DC date night spot: I’d want to go to whatever his favorite spot is so that I can get to know him, and so I don’t have to make the decision. Then we can finish up the night with alcoholic milkshakes at Ted’s Bulletin because I’m not sure there’s anything else I need on any given night.
What she’d buy him for Valentine’s Day: It’d be fun to do one of the Smithsonian’s scavenger hunts together or get tickets to zipline, kayak, paddle board or any other outdoor activities to do once it’s warm again.
Why they’re a good match: We’d make a good match on the days he brings home the “W.” My heart is already so affected by Redskins games; it might be dangerous to get that much closer to it all. What if he breaks my heart in all of the ways?!
Catch Elizabethany on HOT 99.5 from 2-7 p.m. every day, and on Mondays with the station’s new “Monday Motivation Mix.” Follow Elizabethany online at @luvelizabethany.
Media personality & former radio host
98.7 WMZQ and Mix107.3
Athlete crush: Washington Wizards point guard John Wall
Why she’s crushing: He’s got swag and confidence. Oh, and he’s not bad to look at either.
Best traits: He’s fearless on the court and has a lot of heart. It’s admirable to see all [of his] charitable work – from his Light the Night Walk to the John Wall Foundation, he’s always giving back to the community.
Why he’s a star athlete: His speed and his vision on the court
Perfect date night: Well, it would have to be a date that my husband is invited to since he is just as much of a fan as I am. Bowling with John Wall would be pretty awesome.
Where she’d shop for him: I know he’s a fashion guy, so I would say Tysons for a custom suit.
Co-host on 94.7 Fresh FM’s The Tommy Show
Athlete crush: Washington Nationals
Why the team love: I have an interesting love affair with the team. I have raised my kids since they were in diapers to love baseball and now that they are teenagers, it is one of our favorite activities to do as a family. There is nothing better than a Saturday night game in the middle of the summer!
Best traits: Their ability to have games that make you proud to be a fan. I was there for Zimmermann’s no-hitter and Scherzer’s 20 strikeouts. I was there when they clinched the playoffs in 2017. Those memories are the best.
On who stands out the most on the team: Ryan Zimmerman, the heart and the unofficial captain of the team. He has been with the team since the beginning, he had an incredible season in 2017 and [he’s] one of the few players to really put his roots into the DC community.
What she’d give the team for Valentine’s Day: An extension in Bryce Harper’s contract
Find Collis every weekday morning with Tommy McFly and Jen Richer on The Tommy Show from 5-10 a.m. on 94.7 Fresh FM, and follow her on
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